Friday, February 09, 2007

From the "The Universe is Frikkin' Amazing!" File



If the woos had their way, we'd have never bothered learning about any of this stuff...
Now I just need to figure out just what's going on there. Pretty sure the green things with the ziplines going through them are coding proteins, and the ziplines are RNA chains. Anyone know what the walking critter is? (Via God is for Suckers!)

Here's a link with more info, which also has higher resolution videos. Thanks go to Heather.

10 comments:

phishstyx said...

The walking things are kinesin proteins that are traveling along microtubules. Pretty cool. There were some neat experiments done with optical traps to figure out that it moved by "walking" foot over foot and not like an inchworm (with one "foot" always in front).

Heather said...

Eh, the YouTube video ain't that impressive. To see it the way it's supposed to look, check out http://studiodaily.com/main/searchlist/6850.html and drool. Although, I'll warn ya, it takes rather longer to load.

Bronze Dog said...

Heather's link for easy clicking.

Heather said...

Thanks for enabling the link. I could copy 'n paste the url, but I couldn't figure out how the make the link work. I suspect it's supposed to make life difficult for the comment spammers, but it's a pain when the link's relevant.

JanieBelle said...

Seriously cool video, BD.

Thanks.

JanieBelle said...

And thanks for the hook up on the flash version Heather!

Mucho bettero.

Bronze Dog said...

The format: [a href="http://www.whatever.com/"]Click here or I'll eat your chicken wings![/a]

Replace brackets with greater-than/less-than signs.

Heather said...

Thanks to the Studio Daily page, here's an extended version with narrative from Harvard.

Enjoy.

Snail said...

Thanks for posting this. We spent a lot of time at work being impressed by the animation, the cell biologists who elucidated the mechanisms in the first place and by the cells themselves.

Jeff from the Two Percent Company said...

Absolutely blown away by this, BD. It's gorgeous, from the art, animation and music to the choice of subject matter. I was originally going to say "choice of inspiration," but let's face it, being inspired by this stuff isn't a "choice" - anybody with any sense of wonder and a hunger for real knowledge can't help but be inspired by it.

It's making me seriously consider re-installing LightWave just so I can play with Hyde-Moyer's PDB reader.

Heather, thanks very much to you (and Studio Daily commenter murph) for the link to the narrated version. I highly recommend watching the non-narrated version first, just for the full effect of the beauty of the movie, and then checking out the narrated version to learn a bit more about what's going on.

Thanks again, BD. Just brilliant.